Brunei’s biggest technology expo returns at Bridex

MTIC Minister YB Dato Seri Setia Awg Abd Mutalib viewing Samsung phones at DST's booth.

Brunei’s largest technology expo is back with 126 vendors showcasing the industry’s latest products and services alongside hosting country’s biggest e-Sports tournament.

The Brunei Technology Expo (TechXpo) was launched yesterday by the Minister of Transport and Infocommunications YB Dato Seri Setia Awg Abd Mutalib Pehin Orang Kaya Seria Setia Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yusof and will run until 10pm on Sunday.

Chairman of InfoCom Federation Brunei (IFB) Sheikh Hj Abas Sheikh Mohammad whose organization has partnered with D’Sunlit since 2012 to host the event said the expo looks to provide more than just consumer electronics but also IT solutions developed by local startups and innovative tools to improve business productivity.

The TechXpo’s Cybergames Tournament will take centre stage at Hall 2 with the prize pool increasing to $17,000 this year for the six contested games: DOTA, CS: GO, League of Legends, Tekken, Mobile Legends and PUBG.

More than 500 people have signed up to compete, including players from Sabah and Sarawak. Brugames founder Hawaii Yee – who is jointly running the Cybergames with Sigma Cyberspace – said that they’ve set up a “giant” live stream display for visitors to watch the action.

“The prize pool has increased by $2,000 this year with D’Sunlit (the Cybergames organizer) landing DST as the title sponsor,” said Yee. “We’re also streaming all the games online through our Facebook, so that we’re getting the most reach possible.”

National agencies including The Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry (AITI), Darussalam Enterprise (DARe) and the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications have also brought in local IT startups to showcase their products at their booths.

TechXpo was first launched in 2010 by IFB, an NGO representing Brunei’s ICT industry.